logo shambhala flagSeattle Center Closures:  Due to the snow forecasted for this weekend,  Shambhala Day activities at the Seattle Shambhala Center  have been RESCHEDULED to Saturday, February 16th. Please join us as we celebrate in community with a replay of the Shambhala Day broadcast, retirements, farewells, gratitude, acknowledgments, an astrological reading, community updates, and a celebratory lunch. For full program information and to RSVP online, please view the program page.

In addition, both the Sunday morning (Feb. 10th) Open Meditation and the afternoon Listening Circle are CANCELLED. We are working on rescheduling the Listening Circle and will send out an update when it becomes available. Given the extended forecast of possibly more snow, we encourage you to check the Seattle Shambhala calendar before heading out for other events at the Seattle center or our satellite locations in the near future.  Stay warm and safe!

Spark your heart and mind through meditation

The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a vibrant community with a warm approach to the study and practice of meditation.  We provide instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation for beginners and for experienced practitioners, a diverse variety of evening and weekend programs and group meditation sessions.  For a listing of all sittings, programs and events check out the monthly calendar. We offer tools to help discover greater compassion, confidence, wisdom and joy in our day-to-day life.

The Shambhala teachings offer a way to extend our personal transformation for the benefit of society as a whole.  We discover the wisdom, sanity and goodness within our seemingly complex and chaotic minds, and the inherent goodness in the world around us.

Our Center is located in the Madison valley neighborhood of Seattle.  We also offer programs in West Seattle, Bellevue, Mercer IslandIssaquah, Edmonds, Tacoma, and Bainbridge Island.  For latest community news and events, take a look at our blog.

You are warmly invited to join us!

Getting Started:

There are many ways to get acquainted with Shambhala Buddhism and the people at the Seattle Center.  Join us for an Open House with meditation instruction, a dharma talk and social time on Thursday evenings or Sunday mornings. More →

Our Stories – The Seattle Shambhala Community

We are a community of artists, business people, non-profit leaders, carpenters, writers, athletes, movers, sleepers, shakers, younger and older types – we are thinkers and doers.  Like humanity, we come in all shapes, sizes and types. Check Out Our Stories →


The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a member supported organization. Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. Learn more about getting involved.


Pema Chodron

Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth teachings. She is an ordained nun, author, and senior teacher (achraya) in Shambhala. More →

What is Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.

Resources for Helping Our Sangha Understand Current Events in Shambhala

This is a resource for our community and friends to understand the current situation in Shambhala. This list is not meant to be exhaustive and as new resources become available we will add them to this page. Please check back over the coming months as matters proceed. We do this with broken hearts as we hold our sangha in kindness. More →

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